Links index

Indexing in brief

Each link is indexed in one of the six broad categories and placed in chronological order beginning with the most recent post.

Arab nationalism pertains to a more secular form of Islam, that was prevalent  in Syria, Iraq Tunisia, Libya and Egypt before the upheaval of the last decade. That section contains religious content, which relates to the Syrian Christians and of course the Alawai strand of Islam, which the Syrian President al-Assad subscribes to.

The section on Islamic history tends to contain the entries, which focus on the progression of Islam through the ages and much of the section about colonisation is devoted to Europe and its interventions in the Levant in past centuries. The remaining three section, Lebanon, media power and political comment are somewhat self explanatory, though it should be noted, that all aspects have a substantial political edge.

Arab Nationalism

/2017/11/28/syrias-future-as-i-see-it/

/2017/10/29/food-for-thought-syrias-future-president-al-assad-remains-but-the-tiny-country-is-encircled-by-even-more-hostile-forces-syria-capitalises-but-remains-a-nation-the-future-of-islamic-revivalism/

/2016/12/15/tadmor-a-history-metamorphosis-into-empire-palmyra/

/2016/12/10/the-assad-dynasty-is-not-a-dictatorship-and-syria-is-no-more-a-construct-than-the-west/

/2015/11/13/the-alawais-and-their-place-in-the-arabic-world-the-history-of-secularism-and-its-relationship-to-islam/

/2015/10/31/the-alawais-and-their-place-in-the-arabic-world-orthodoxy-esotericism-an-introduction-the-five-pillars-of-islam-islamic-scholarship/

/2015/08/27/the-tadmor-sahara-at-dusk-and-day-palmyra-ruins-apamea-ruins/

/2015/08/23/radio-4-acknowledges-the-death-of-baath-party-supporter-khaled-al-assad-curator-and-archeologist-in-the-ancient-roman-site-palmyra-situated-in-tadmor-who-buys-the-oil-and-antiquities-from-the-mer/

/2015/08/05/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-orthodoxy-the-esoteric-movement-the-significance-of-the-twelve-imams-in-brief/

/2015/07/29/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-an-intro-and-brief-recap-the-next-stages-of-the-civil-war-peace-arrives-and-new-ideas-emerge/

/2015/06/23/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-separation/

/2015/06/15/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-allegations-of-heresy/

/2015/03/20/syria-and-the-rise-of-islamism-since-2006/

/2015/01/18/competing-ideologies-revisited-islamic-nationalism-v-arab-nationalism-uprisings-in-syria-1982-2012-some-comparisons-mercenary-forces-as-tools-of-destabilisation/

/2014/08/22/the-bombing-of-syria-by-the-west-will-exacerbate-the-break-up-of-that-country-no-talks-say-no-to-britain-president-al-assad-vampires-dont-always-find-a-way-in-jon-snow-interview-socialist-worke/

/2014/07/01/the-backdrop-to-the-break-up-of-syria-islam-gives-way-to-secularism-and-the-nation-state/

/2014/06/05/syrian-history-colonisation-and-the-capitulations-vive-palestine/

/2014/05/26/the-history-of-syria-the-ottoman-empire-restructures-the-impact-on-their-colonies-mercenary-speke/

/2014/04/24/the-crimean-war-the-impact-on-syria-revisited-mr-blairhypocricy-or-amnesia/

/2014/04/22/the-crimean-war-1852-1856-and-its-impact-on-syria/

/2014/04/20/when-will-the-british-government-clamp-down-on-young-british-mercenaries/

/2014/04/04/hama-says-no-to-war-a-noria-in-the-shadow-of-the-river-orontes-the-frogs-of-hama-and-other-river-creatures/

/2014/04/03/hail-the-dust-cloud-cars-wars-and-capitalism-the-dust-will-never-settle-on-lebanon-and-syria-israeli-expansionism-a-real-threat/

/2014/02/17/syrian-pictures/

/2014/02/10/hims-a-couple-of-stories-the-pashas-and-other-royal-titles-explained/

/2014/01/21/more-reports-from-syria-migration-to-the-lebanon-western-values-political-prisoners/

/2014/01/10/where-does-a-political-protest-end-in-war-anywhere-but-england-it-seems-the-dara-syria-protest-and-the-london-protest-compared/

/2013/12/03/a-tribute-to-the-womans-monastery-at-malula-in-syria/

/2013/11/19/the-history-of-syria-has-the-sun-has-stopped-shining-on-damascus-ashsham-not-just-a-radical-islamic-group-that-has-invaded-syria/

/2013/11/16/a-history-of-syria-how-its-continuation-under-assad-is-set-to-ruin-an-otherwise-perfect-system-the-flow-of-capital-vlog-arabism/

/2013/10/27/religion-politics-and-economics-syria-and-its-recent-history-a-beginning/

Islamic History

https://ashsham.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/the-mixed-blessing-of-the-shiah-mosque/

/2017/07/07/shiah-heterodoxy-and-the-imam-caliph/

/2016/01/28/mohammed-abdal-wahab-the-original-muslim-brotherhood-the-hanbali-school-of-theology/

/2016/01/24/hassan-al-banna-the-founder-of-al-ikhwan-al-muslimun-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-arabic-al-kutb-and-his-doctrine-in-brief/

/2016/01/12/the-history-of-the-house-of-saud-wahabiizm-the-salafiyyah-the-muslimbrothers/

/2016/01/09/the-history-of-the-house-of-saud-and-the-salafiyyah/

/2015/07/12/when-is-a-state-not-a-state-when-its-islamic-state-what-shall-we-call-them-not-difficult-mercenaries-dan-cruickshank-death-to-civilisation-marj-dabik/

/2015/03/20/syria-and-the-rise-of-islamism-since-2006/

/2015/03/05/more-ibn-taymiyyah-jihad-the-mongol-invasion-acceptance-or-retaliation/

/2015/01/29/the-battle-for-mecca-and-other-cities-al-wahab-and-ibn-saud-king-hussein-of-hijaz-and-the-hashemites-clan-flags-at-half-mastmy-part-in-the-rise-of-saudi-arabia/

/2015/01/26/the-mysteries-and-histories-of-sunni-islam-mutazila-ibn-taymiyyah-the-hanbali-movement-al-ashari-wahabi-and-the-house-of-saud/

/2014/08/17/petition-on-38degrees-fgm-forced-marriage-and-flogging-are-flagrant-acts-of-wars/

/2014/07/22/forced-religious-conversion-and-marriage-in-syria-and-iraq-a-couple-of-emails/

/2014/07/01/the-backdrop-to-the-break-up-of-syria-islam-gives-way-to-secularism-and-the-nation-state/

/2014/03/04/the-contradiction-between-industrial-capitalism-and-islam/

/2014/02/24/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion-vol-2/

/2014/02/23/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion/

Lebanon

/2017/11/14/part-3-the-armenian-revolutionary-movements-turks-kurds-arabs-decline-of-the-turkish-empire-russia-and-british-colonialism/

/2017/11/07/part-1-travel-news-anjar-armenians-1915-turks-kurds-arabs-decline-of-the-turkish-empire-russia-and-british-colonialism/

/2017/12/11/is-the-stability-of-lebanon-under-threat-from-the-palestinians-saudi-arabia-disappears-prime-minister-hariri-jerusalem-theyve-done-it-at-last-bbc-propaganda-islamic-state-escapes-raqqa/

/2017/01/05/lebanon-an-update-moukhtara-service-taxi-adventures-new-presidents-and-other-gems-including-some-photographs/

/2016/4/25 bekka Valley,hash fields and Jihadists

/20/2015/07/21/balbek-in-bekka-valley-east-lebanon-lots-of-photos-ruins-mosques-churches-friends-oil-heaters-last-but-not-least-some-religious-leaders-meet/grants/

/2015/06/05/the-hariri-myth-2-some-recent-news-from-lebanon-the-northern-and-eastern-border-isis-activity-and-controversy-the-hariri-other-myths-lots-more-piccies/

/2015/05/17/lebanese-dynasties-continued-a-sunni-perspective-rafiq-hariri-and-his-legacy/

/2015/04/19/beirut-again-personality-transplant-or-what/

/2015/03/19/lebanon-shootouts-and-other-delights/

/2015/02/19/modern-day-slavery-britain-and-lebanon/

/2015/01/19/more-pics-of-lebanon-beirut-dr-bashar-shia-moments-run-up-to-the-ashura-festival-balbek-and-sur/

/2015/01/11/if-lebanon-is-to-survive-geagea-aoun-and-other-presidential-contenders-rickety-alliances/

/2014/12/21/maronite-presidents-dynasties-and-para-militaries-media-representations/

/2014/12/19/lebanese-presidents-dynasties-or-paramilitaries-maronite-divisions-dissent/

/2014/11/24/impressions-of-lebanon-dynasties-r-us-its-more-than-a-family-affair-its-patronage/

/2013/11/19/a-sunset-in-balbek/

Western colonisation

/2017/01/10/english-merchant-adventurers-aleppo-halab-a-centre-of-commerce-and-culture/

/2014/06/26/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism-part-iv-the-underpinnings-of-the-arab-revolt-and-the-picot-sykes-agreement/

/2014/06/19/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism-part-11/

/2014/06/17/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism/

/2014/06/05/syrian-history-colonisation-and-the-capitulations-vive-palestine/

/2014/05/18/19th-century-colonisation-the-syrian-empire-the-plight-of-the-christians-cont-mandates-elections-and-all/

/2014/05/16/the-syrian-empire-19th-century-colonisation-the-plight-of-syrian-christians-a-background/

/2014/05/08/19th-century-colonisation-living-off-the-spoils-then-and-now-the-syrian-empire/

/2014/04/14/unhappy-alliances-britain-france-russia-turkey/

/2014/03/04/the-contradiction-between-industrial-capitalism-and-islam/

/2014/02/07/nineteenth-century-colonisation-continuedmuhammed-ali-pasha-and-the-wahabiiz/

/2014/01/25/colonisation-and-its-impact-on-arab-nationalism-in-the-19th-century-some-comparisons-with-the-situation-today/

/2014/01/23/mandatory-colonisation-and-its-impact-on-arab-nationalism-a-run-up/

/2013/12/18/islam-in-africa-the-limitations-on-the-bbc1-programme-the-making-of-the-arab/

/2013/12/12/bbc-radio-4-and-its-making-of-the-arabic-world-why-colonisation-had-to-go-return-to-the-caliphates-and-definitions-of-nationalism/

/2013/12/05/machavielli-and-his-part-in-the-invasion-of-syria/

Media Power

/2015/11/28/slovenia-the-plight-of-syrian-refugees-dobova-transition-camp-and-other-photos/

/2015/09/16/a-demo-and-die-in-by-some-turkish-kurdish-nationalists-arms-dealers-unashamedly-leave-the-bi-annual-dsei-arms-fair-at-the-excel-centre-in-east-london-a-couple-of-the-cable-cars-paid-for-by-the-amira/

/2015/09/16/lebanon-david-cameron-a-vampire-visits-bekka-valley-who-will-it-help-richard-harrington-tory-m-p-to-vet-the-new-british-immigrants/

/2015/08/23/radio-4-acknowledges-the-death-of-baath-party-supporter-khaled-al-assad-curator-and-archeologist-in-the-ancient-roman-site-palmyra-situated-in-tadmor-who-buys-the-oil-and-antiquities-from-the-mer/

/2015/08/12/calais-jungles-camp-salam-the-conseqence-of-war-and-greed-how-greece-has-changed/

/2015/07/09/tunisia-martial-law-called-a-week-after-the-sousse-shootings-photos-nights-in-the-medina-tunisia-says-no-to-terrorism-an-anti-war-protest-and-more/

/2014/09/10/the-hashemite-family-prince-faisal-some-words-from-the-author-the-women-of-raqqa-petition/

/2013/12/18/islam-in-africa-the-limitations-on-the-bbc1-programme-the-making-of-the-arab/

/2013/11/25/are-there-lessons-to-be-learned-from-history-the-bbc-thinks-so-even-if-its-view-seems-slightly-skewed/

Political Comment

/2016/12/6 the American election, a brief history of the Republican and Democratic parties, Mr Trump’s victory, fervour on both sides and its implications for Syria; the way I see it, a bit about Iraq

/2016/03/12/11-reasons-not-to-go-to-calais-jungles-7-things-to-do-instead/

/2014/01/10/where-does-a-political-protest-end-in-war-anywhere-but-england-it-seems-the-dara-syria-protest-and-the-london-protest-compared/

/2014/02/24/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion-vol-2/

/2014/07/22/forced-religious-conversion-and-marriage-in-syria-and-iraq-a-couple-of-emails/

/2014/07/31/syrian-protest-leaflet-mercenaries-and-the-abuse-of-women-letter-to-home-office/

/2014/08/17/petition-on-38degrees-fgm-forced-marriage-and-flogging-are-flagrant-acts-of-wars/

/2014/08/22/the-bombing-of-syria-by-the-west-will-exacerbate-the-break-up-of-that-country-no-talks-say-no-to-britain-president-al-assad-vampires-dont-always-find-a-way-in-jon-snow-interview-socialist-worke/

 

 

 

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